Hypercholesterolemia is a condition that occurs when the blood contains high levels of cholesterol. Your body needs some cholesterol to aid in digestion and other processes, but too much can lead to conditions like stroke.
Hypercholesterolemia causes no symptoms, and in most cases, the only way patients know they have the condition is when they have a blood test as part of a regular checkup. The blood test can determine your levels of LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and HDL (“good” cholesterol) as well as your levels of triglycerides. Dr. Villagomez will use those levels to determine your risk for heart attack and stroke and to prescribe treatments to help lower your cholesterol levels.
Although the body produces some cholesterol, much of the cholesterol in our blood comes from the foods we eat. If you're diagnosed with high cholesterol, you can help decrease your levels of “bad” cholesterol by eating foods low in saturated fats and high in fiber. Getting regular exercise can also help. When lifestyle changes aren't enough, Dr. Villagomez may prescribe medications to help lower your cholesterol levels.
Because we get a substantial amount of cholesterol in the foods we eat, we can help control our cholesterol levels by eating a healthy diet and avoiding saturated fats and especially trans fats. The American Heart Association also recommends getting at least 30 minutes of exercise five days a week for better heart and vascular health.
Familial hypercholesterolemia is an inherited condition that causes cholesterol levels to build up in the blood. It's a lifelong, chronic condition that needs to be carefully managed with medication and behaviors to help lower levels of LDL and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Sana Medical accepts all PPO Insurance available in California and will continue to accept Medicare/Medi-Cal and Medicare only patients.
Medicare / Medi-Cal
We currently accept HMO insurances with patients in Medicare Advantage, HMO Medi-Cal, HMO Commercial Plans. Be aware that some insurance products may not be offered in all HMO plans so you must verify prior to adding a particular HMO IPA. For example Anthem HMO commercial plan may be offered but exclude its Senior Secure Plan in the same IPA.
We accept the following HMO IPA Medical Groups:
IPA Medical Groups:
Please be aware that at any given time some IPA’s may cancel and or add insurances at will and the information above can be incorrect but we try to provide the most up to date information as of August 2013.
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